radlilim: (gay NOH8)
We started our new D&D campaign last night. The previous one of about three years wrapped up, my boy friend has a school conflict, so the DM decided he'd move the end session up a bit and we could wrap up the plot line. We might pick it up again some day, but for now it's "done".

The new version of D&D (5th edition) was voted as the new system and we spent last night making characters and having a quick "danger room" session, to get familiar with the system. I'm looking forward to this new game. My character in the previous campaign was very flat, basically just described by what he could do. But that was mostly how 4E was designed, as more of a miniatures or video game style. 5E is more like 2nd edition, and role playing will be more important. I'm actually excited about the back story I came up with, I hope it gets used in the game sometime. I'm going to try for a more out going and leader like character, we'll see if I can also be a more assertive player to make that happen.

In other news, work is stressful, I'm fairly down emotionally these days. I miss having time to read and draw. And I'm sad that I can't work out time to go see my folks and family.

Bright spot is vacation in two weeks, we'll be in New Orleans for a few days. I've never been there, so hopefully it'll be interesting and fun.
radlilim: (NOH8)
Not feeling very well, mentally, at all. As I said on twitter, I feel like an elephant is sitting on my head.

It started yesterday when I was pulled over by a cop and got a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a light before turn right onto an on ramp. Paul wants me to go to the hearing and try to get the points deduction reduced. And I should. But I don't expect the judge to do anything, they never seem to. And I don't really have the energy. We'll see, it's a few weeks off.

I'm also not really enjoying D&D as much anymore. Mostly my character is boring and in-effective. The one thing he's good at we never run into. Most of my abilities hurt the other players, if we are next to each other, and combat seems to be crowded all the time, so I can't use a lot of the powers. And I don't feel very involved in the plot. It's probably just me, I've never been a very strong or forceful player. Just sucks that the one fun thing we do a week isn't. Maybe volleyball (if I can play) will be fun again.

No movement on the house. No change in work.

Maybe I need to start looking forward to seeing Laura and her family this summer. Just so there is a light out there somewhere to move towards.
radlilim: (NOH8)
Had a nice lunch today. Last two days have been crazy busy and this morning was full of demos and meetings. But on lunch I went and got my hair cut, with Mitch. Haven't seen him in ages, it was nice. Then I got a quick lunch at Red, a sushi place off of the Capitol Square. They had a 2 roll lunch deal for $9, and the food was great.

D&D tonight, hopefully. And this weekend I get to finally go see Blythe do roller derby.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
One of the hardest things about this whole moving thing is that I have to get rid of things I like (or love) because we have a lot less space. I know they are just objects and shouldn't matter, but it's still not fair. Bad enough that I have to sell the house, but do I have to get rid of my favorite piece of furniture too? I just keep asking myself "why me, what did I do to deserve this"?

I am pretty excited about tonight though. I don't have to work at Best Buy and have no plans to be productive instead. It's D&D night, and I get to go. I do feel really guilty about not working on either packing the house or organizing the apartment, but I have tomorrow night off also, so am planning to be productive then.
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First, happy birthday to my man. I wish I could spoil him as much as he deserves.

Second, I don't think I've actually talked about the current D&D game much, if at all. It's fun. I'm not DMing, I'm playing. [livejournal.com profile] exarian's husband is running it. He had this game going for a few months, and at some point with hanging out with them Paul and I mentioned that we'd be game to play. His group had shrunk a bit with one guy, Ben, off to do military training for a while, so we joined a month ago or so. It's nice to play at a table again and not be running it. It's fun to play with with Dana and Shawn again. It's been a blast playing with Tony for the first time. And I love seeing Paul get into the group with smack talk and joking.

I re-speced a character that I had been playing online before this game. It's a Swarm Druid, and he's pretty fun to play. It dose take some finesse with his abilities to control the enemies and not damage party members. But it just takes some planning, which is a nice change for D&D.
radlilim: (Default)
I keep getting pulled into things at work that have absolutely nothing to do with my job. I don't mind this, really. It's very cool that people recognize that I'm smart on a lot of topics and am someone that can be relied on.

So on top of all of my normal work (including the system glitches/emails that caused the hell of yesterday) I'm working on getting the training materials set up for the new hire into my department. I also spent a decent amount of time helping work out the pricing details on a proposal for composition work. I'm not even in that department, but 'cause of my mad InDesign skills, my boss asked me. This lead to us deciding that this new, ongoing project will need a good proofread after we convert it from whatever custom system the book is in to InDesign. Since we don't _have_ proofreaders at work, we figure we should get a freelancer. Due to all my contacts at Lserwords and Apex, I was again asked to gather quotes from local freelancers. And that I've never done.

Come to think of it, we don't really need a local, it could be anywhere, the proofread is going to be digital. So if any LJ followers want to get a quote in for the work, email me, I'll give you the specs and you can give me a price.

After the mall today is a short shopping trip to Express (I need bigger pants--which is so depressing) and then D&D tonight. Oh, and I have to finish shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, we've had just enough cleared to function, but I don't think our mail person is happy.
radlilim: (Default)
I keep getting pulled into things at work that have absolutely nothing to do with my job. I don't mind this, really. It's very cool that people recognize that I'm smart on a lot of topics and am someone that can be relied on.

So on top of all of my normal work (including the system glitches/emails that caused the hell of yesterday) I'm working on getting the training materials set up for the new hire into my department. I also spent a decent amount of time helping work out the pricing details on a proposal for composition work. I'm not even in that department, but 'cause of my mad InDesign skills, my boss asked me. This lead to us deciding that this new, ongoing project will need a good proofread after we convert it from whatever custom system the book is in to InDesign. Since we don't _have_ proofreaders at work, we figure we should get a freelancer. Due to all my contacts at Lserwords and Apex, I was again asked to gather quotes from local freelancers. And that I've never done.

Come to think of it, we don't really need a local, it could be anywhere, the proofread is going to be digital. So if any LJ followers want to get a quote in for the work, email me, I'll give you the specs and you can give me a price.

After the mall today is a short shopping trip to Express (I need bigger pants--which is so depressing) and then D&D tonight. Oh, and I have to finish shoveling the sidewalks and driveway, we've had just enough cleared to function, but I don't think our mail person is happy.
radlilim: (Default)
Wow, this week has been hell. Not in a really bad way, just really, really busy. And mostly because of clients being slow or not cluing me in early enough. It's good to be busy, I prefer that over slow. But today I had to ask my coworker to help get things done. He was slow, so it's cool. And I'd totally help in if things were switched. But I'm not really used to needing help.

I'm still rocking the sales calls when account managers ask me to sit in to field techy questions. It's nice to be appreciated. Today they needed some advice on doing some complex InDesign text books, which we normally don't do. It took me a bit, but I was able to reorganize my brain to answer those questions. I could almost feel the paths in my head moving. Kinda cool.

I got this from my sister today:

"Jack LOVES the book you made! He keeps asking for the "Jack adventure with Uncle Jason on an airplane" book. He thought it was so cool that it was about him. I think he was a little confused since some of the things really happened, like fishing and driving the tractor, but some didn't, like riding a flying dinosaur :) I hope he stores those as memories and swears that he rode a dinosaur with you when he is older."

It's really, really nice to know that Jack likes the eBook I made him. This might become a tradition...

Might have D&D this weekend. It's been like... months. Many months. Hope everyone remembers how to play.
radlilim: (Default)
Wow, this week has been hell. Not in a really bad way, just really, really busy. And mostly because of clients being slow or not cluing me in early enough. It's good to be busy, I prefer that over slow. But today I had to ask my coworker to help get things done. He was slow, so it's cool. And I'd totally help in if things were switched. But I'm not really used to needing help.

I'm still rocking the sales calls when account managers ask me to sit in to field techy questions. It's nice to be appreciated. Today they needed some advice on doing some complex InDesign text books, which we normally don't do. It took me a bit, but I was able to reorganize my brain to answer those questions. I could almost feel the paths in my head moving. Kinda cool.

I got this from my sister today:

"Jack LOVES the book you made! He keeps asking for the "Jack adventure with Uncle Jason on an airplane" book. He thought it was so cool that it was about him. I think he was a little confused since some of the things really happened, like fishing and driving the tractor, but some didn't, like riding a flying dinosaur :) I hope he stores those as memories and swears that he rode a dinosaur with you when he is older."

It's really, really nice to know that Jack likes the eBook I made him. This might become a tradition...

Might have D&D this weekend. It's been like... months. Many months. Hope everyone remembers how to play.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
By 2:30 today I still hadn't heard from Quad, so I bit the bullet and called, hoping that I wasn't being pushy or that I'd get bad news. Turns out they were planning on calling me yet today. They have more interviews to do, it seems, and it might take them a week, or two, or three until they have a decision. So my feeling that they didn't have many candidates was totally wrong. But I'm still in the running, which at least isn't bad news. Job hunting is so stressful. I'm super tired today, and it's hard to stay positive.

I had my 80 day probationary review today at the post office. I am not sure I even knew that there was an 80 probationary period. But I got almost all outstandings, with a few satisfactories (I feel like I'm in Hogwarts). This doesn't actually mean anything. I'm not getting more money or anything. And if I had done "bad" I doubt they'd get rid of me. But it's nice to have it on paper that I'm a good worker. Should mean I can get a good reference if I need one.

In theory there is D&D this weekend, so I hope that will be fun and non-stressful. We all might have to relearn how to play and I have to double check where we are in the adventure. I might just tell everyone that we all have to have fun, weather they want to or not. The only free time we have is when we schedule it, and it needs to count.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
By 2:30 today I still hadn't heard from Quad, so I bit the bullet and called, hoping that I wasn't being pushy or that I'd get bad news. Turns out they were planning on calling me yet today. They have more interviews to do, it seems, and it might take them a week, or two, or three until they have a decision. So my feeling that they didn't have many candidates was totally wrong. But I'm still in the running, which at least isn't bad news. Job hunting is so stressful. I'm super tired today, and it's hard to stay positive.

I had my 80 day probationary review today at the post office. I am not sure I even knew that there was an 80 probationary period. But I got almost all outstandings, with a few satisfactories (I feel like I'm in Hogwarts). This doesn't actually mean anything. I'm not getting more money or anything. And if I had done "bad" I doubt they'd get rid of me. But it's nice to have it on paper that I'm a good worker. Should mean I can get a good reference if I need one.

In theory there is D&D this weekend, so I hope that will be fun and non-stressful. We all might have to relearn how to play and I have to double check where we are in the adventure. I might just tell everyone that we all have to have fun, weather they want to or not. The only free time we have is when we schedule it, and it needs to count.
radlilim: (gay Paul and Me)
It was a nice weekend. We did things that let me forget about the stressful things in our lives right now. Blythe's reception was fun. Both the "formal" party and the friends one. It was good to see everyone again.

D&D was fun on Sunday too. I got them to split the party while info searching in town, and then running duplicate combats with each group. I thought it was fun at least.

I interviewed at the Post Office today for some seasonal work. Not sure if I want to take it. More details later.

I'm really, really happy to hear that Blaine (Darrin Criss) will be around for the rest of this season of Glee and next.

Kurt and Blaine sing a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" for the Christmas episode. http://www.afterelton.com/tv/2010/11/glee-baby-cold-outside

I will buy that one soon. And I was able to get a video of "Teenage Dream" that I can put on my iPhone, so I can watch it there whenever I want.

Taking tomorrow off, no work and PTO to burn. Maybe the weather will be nice and I can rake leaves.
radlilim: (gay Paul and Me)
It was a nice weekend. We did things that let me forget about the stressful things in our lives right now. Blythe's reception was fun. Both the "formal" party and the friends one. It was good to see everyone again.

D&D was fun on Sunday too. I got them to split the party while info searching in town, and then running duplicate combats with each group. I thought it was fun at least.

I interviewed at the Post Office today for some seasonal work. Not sure if I want to take it. More details later.

I'm really, really happy to hear that Blaine (Darrin Criss) will be around for the rest of this season of Glee and next.

Kurt and Blaine sing a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" for the Christmas episode. http://www.afterelton.com/tv/2010/11/glee-baby-cold-outside

I will buy that one soon. And I was able to get a video of "Teenage Dream" that I can put on my iPhone, so I can watch it there whenever I want.

Taking tomorrow off, no work and PTO to burn. Maybe the weather will be nice and I can rake leaves.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
The full D&D 4e game from PAx of Acquisitions Inc. (featuring @wilw, @cwgabriel, @TychoBrahe, & @pvponline) now in podcast form!

http://bit.ly/aAOJ1r #dnd

Awesome game, a great 2 hour listen.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
The full D&D 4e game from PAx of Acquisitions Inc. (featuring @wilw, @cwgabriel, @TychoBrahe, & @pvponline) now in podcast form!

http://bit.ly/aAOJ1r #dnd

Awesome game, a great 2 hour listen.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
I cannot for the life of me make a character for an original game. Maybe I should just stop and focus on D&D games. Character gen there is easy and as long as it's in the books, it's an approved concept. I read the premise of original games, my mind gets 3 or 4 ideas, and they are just no where near the world that's been set up. Very frustrating.

Plus the latest D&D game is starting to annoy me. We are going through character generation for it too, and it is so involved--it's been like 2 weeks. It's the GM's custom set up, and there are so many tables and charts I feel I'm in GRUPs. Again, custom/original idea /= jason. I don't want to quit it though, as I like the people on that forum and am in 2 other games, so keeping everyone liking me is important.

I'm feeling kinda lost in the In Nomine game too. I think I'll start letting my angle's Word shine through and be more spontaneous and confrontational, just to get people to do stuff.

I hate it when my hobbies become unfun. I probably should think on all of that, as my mood is probably affecting my thinking.

I finally officially quit as a board member for the gay volleyball league. All I have to do is hand over the passwords and get my name off of all the stupid email lists. Getting answers from those gays is like herding cats.

Not much to do at work today yet, I'm hoping for something to come to me soon. I have a 6am Skype date with Laura and Jack tomorrow morning. Looking forward to that for sure.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
I cannot for the life of me make a character for an original game. Maybe I should just stop and focus on D&D games. Character gen there is easy and as long as it's in the books, it's an approved concept. I read the premise of original games, my mind gets 3 or 4 ideas, and they are just no where near the world that's been set up. Very frustrating.

Plus the latest D&D game is starting to annoy me. We are going through character generation for it too, and it is so involved--it's been like 2 weeks. It's the GM's custom set up, and there are so many tables and charts I feel I'm in GRUPs. Again, custom/original idea /= jason. I don't want to quit it though, as I like the people on that forum and am in 2 other games, so keeping everyone liking me is important.

I'm feeling kinda lost in the In Nomine game too. I think I'll start letting my angle's Word shine through and be more spontaneous and confrontational, just to get people to do stuff.

I hate it when my hobbies become unfun. I probably should think on all of that, as my mood is probably affecting my thinking.

I finally officially quit as a board member for the gay volleyball league. All I have to do is hand over the passwords and get my name off of all the stupid email lists. Getting answers from those gays is like herding cats.

Not much to do at work today yet, I'm hoping for something to come to me soon. I have a 6am Skype date with Laura and Jack tomorrow morning. Looking forward to that for sure.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
I read a lot of blogs every day, around 90. Or at least I have them on my RSS reader. A few are book review sites, which I follow mostly to enter their contests for free books. I read the reviews too, but mostly watch them for the free stuff. I've won quite a few books now, Paul keeps saying I need to focus on the lottery, but I think the odds are a bit different. None of those contests require anything from me, except to fill out a form. Easy-peasy.

But I just won a book from a D&D gaming blog for writing up a description of a magic item. I'm kinda proud of that. That something I wrote up, that came from my mind, won. I don't think there were a lot of entries, like 9. But still, I won. Go me. It's the little things these days I focus on.

Here is the contest:

Come up with a description for “The Left Hand of God” to be used in an RPG setting. If it impresses our judges enough, you win a copy of the novel! You can make it a plot hook, crunch it out as a 4E item, or even make it an NPC (perhaps it can hang out with the Atropal). Just leave your entry in a comment (or a link to your entry in a comment) to enter. Full article with the book review here.

This was my entry:

Left Hand of God, wondrous magic item

The Left Hand of God is part of a set of simple looking gloves, with the holy symbol of the god (DM’s choice, can be and alignment, though Chaotic is best) stitched along the cuff.

Once a day the wearer can activate the glove, and an exact duplicate of the wearer is created. The only difference between the two beings is the original is wearing the right hand glove, and the duplicate is wearing the left. The two beings can now split up and be twice as effective. There is no mental communication between them. If the duplicate tries to tell the original what he/she has been up too, the original immediately forgets the knowledge (a third party can fill him or her in). The two will join up, the memories of the duplicated being lost, when the sun next sets or rises (which ever is first). The effect can also be ended early if the two beings clasp their gloved hands together.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
I read a lot of blogs every day, around 90. Or at least I have them on my RSS reader. A few are book review sites, which I follow mostly to enter their contests for free books. I read the reviews too, but mostly watch them for the free stuff. I've won quite a few books now, Paul keeps saying I need to focus on the lottery, but I think the odds are a bit different. None of those contests require anything from me, except to fill out a form. Easy-peasy.

But I just won a book from a D&D gaming blog for writing up a description of a magic item. I'm kinda proud of that. That something I wrote up, that came from my mind, won. I don't think there were a lot of entries, like 9. But still, I won. Go me. It's the little things these days I focus on.

Here is the contest:

Come up with a description for “The Left Hand of God” to be used in an RPG setting. If it impresses our judges enough, you win a copy of the novel! You can make it a plot hook, crunch it out as a 4E item, or even make it an NPC (perhaps it can hang out with the Atropal). Just leave your entry in a comment (or a link to your entry in a comment) to enter. Full article with the book review here.

This was my entry:

Left Hand of God, wondrous magic item

The Left Hand of God is part of a set of simple looking gloves, with the holy symbol of the god (DM’s choice, can be and alignment, though Chaotic is best) stitched along the cuff.

Once a day the wearer can activate the glove, and an exact duplicate of the wearer is created. The only difference between the two beings is the original is wearing the right hand glove, and the duplicate is wearing the left. The two beings can now split up and be twice as effective. There is no mental communication between them. If the duplicate tries to tell the original what he/she has been up too, the original immediately forgets the knowledge (a third party can fill him or her in). The two will join up, the memories of the duplicated being lost, when the sun next sets or rises (which ever is first). The effect can also be ended early if the two beings clasp their gloved hands together.
radlilim: (Gen I'm fine)
Our servers have been crashing almost every hour here. I'm getting very little done. It's a good thing I don't have anything pressing due today. I've been meaning to clean my desk lately, today might be a good day for it. And by cleaning I mean dusting and wiping it down, not just sorting papers.

I'm not a fan of the Eberron campaign setting for D&D, but I have the opportunity to join another online D&D game. I will give it a try, I think. Worth looking into it, I think.

As I tweeted today, I want to take the day off, sit in a park and read, and then take a nap. Too bad I'm trying to save some of my vacation for later, else I just might do it.

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